First of all, I have to brag - I wrote over 5,000 words today and that was not using dictation - that was actual sitting in front of my computer and typing! I also managed to take my dog on a 30 minute hike, get some laundry and dishes done, clean out a cabinet AND attend a 45 minute meeting a few miles away from my house. Whaaaaaaat?
But on my way home from the meeting I was listening to one of my favorite podcasters, Joanna Penn and she was talking about writing a book based on authors and health. That's her latest non-fiction WIP and I'm so happy to hear it. What a great topic!
I know that a lot of writer's struggle with keeping fit but it's not limited to writers. People all over the world struggle with exercise and diet. My day job parallels that field and people come to me daily with these issues. And, it's an important one.
I'm one of those people that believes diet, in particular, can cure diseases. Now there may be no "one size fits all" except that I've seen miraculous changes from diet alone. I just finished watching the documentary "What the Health" (it's on Netflix right now). And I highly recommend watching it. The film covers diet and health in detail, citing lots of studies and all that good stuff.
But what I wanted to touch on briefly here is exercise. Humans were not meant to be sedentary, I'm sure you've heard this. When we were cavepeople, we roamed around night and day both looking for food and taking care of the babies. We are a species that needs to be moving. And as someone who loves to exercise I have a few things to say about that. I'm not here to preach and say "you have to do this" or "you should do that". Do whatever you want but if you're interested in exercising and find it boring - well then I do have a word...
Find something that's fun for you. Some physical activity that you look forward to! For me it was not the gym. It's not running or swimming, biking or jumping rope. What I found and love to do more than anything is circus. And in particular, static trapeze. I also love handstand classes and circus conditioning classes and at times, silks. But my #1 passion is the static trapeze and I found it quite late in life so I don't do it with any misguided dreams that I'm going to perform one day. I don't want to perform. I do it because I LOVE it. I also recently discovered kayaking and I love that too. What works for me may not work for you but I encourage you to find what does work for you. Try everything. Get a classpass to try a bunch of different fitness funtimes or do it on your own. You can try hula hooping, yoga or martial arts like judo or krav maga. You can try a meditative martial art like tai qi or qi gong. You can try swimming, skiing, surfing (I learned to surf later in life). You can try skating (ice or roller) or horseback riding. There are so many fun ways to exercise - what about parkour or trampoline? Paddle boarding. Rock climbing. Zumba. Dancing. And - if the gym works for you, that's awesome! The key though - is that if you find something you absolutely LOVE, exercise won't be work. It won't be something you "have" to fit in or something you constantly tell yourself you'll put off until tomorrow. I look forward to my circus workouts so much so that I recently bought my very own trapeze! Now if only I can find a place to hang it :) So stop sitting on your ass and find what lights you up!